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Letters Lack of consultant physicians

Wellbeing, not more beings, to tackle lack of consultant physicians

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 07 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6371
  1. Jack O Lyon, fourth year medical student
  1. School of Medical Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
  1. jack.lyon{at}

The lack of consultancy posts being filled is concerning.1 I fear the consequences for training, staff morale, and patient safety.

As a medical student graduating soon, I struggle to see how effective training will occur if teams are not being taught from the top down. Registrars will be forced to work the jobs of consultants, …

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